If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: Ford will be back at Le Mans in 2016 and the all-new GT supercar will compete in LM GTE Pro class. According to the American manufacturer, the al-new Ford GT race car will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory (1-2-3).
The new Ford GT race car was unveiled today at the famous circuit in Le Mans and will be prepared to run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The competition debut will be made in January 2016 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida. Ford’s new vehicle will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine that debuted in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, but there are no details regarding the power delivered.
Moreover, the racecar will feature plenty of innovations which will not only make it competitive in LM GTE Pro, but will also provide benefits to each vehicle in Ford lineup. As you can see from the photos, the vehicle arrives with state-of-the-art aerodynamics in order to deliver outstanding levels of downforce for improved stability with minimal drag as well as advanced lightweight composites featuring carbon fiber.
Ford will be joined in this project by Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Castrol, Michelin, Forza Motorsport, Sparco, Brembo and CGRFS.
“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”
“Ford remains focused on three priorities globally – accelerating our One Ford plan, delivering product excellence with passion and driving innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. “All three came together to create the new Ford GT. We also know from our rich history in motorsports that world-class competition is a great incubator for even further product innovation.”